Turkey fryer ignites Sherman home

By: KXII-TV Staff Email
By: KXII-TV Staff Email

SHERMAN, TX -- One family's Christmas celebration, and their home, literally went up in flames. Neighbors say the family had just sat down to their Christmas meal in the 2100 block of Turtle Creek circle in Sherman, when the turkey fryer and its propane tank exploded in the driveway.

Fire crews say flames spread to the garage, two cars, and then the attic. The wind fueled the flames, causing the fire to spread. All three family members and two dogs escaped safely. Neighbors watched on in this tight knit community.

"We went out the backdoor and here was the smoke and the flames and all and we got our water hose and watered our garage door down and we looked over there and there were flames and it seemed to have started from a cooker," says Bob Leeman, a next-door neighbor.

Leeman says he was eating Christmas dinner with friends when they heard a loud, inexplicable boom coming from next door.

Firefighters say they are still calculating the extent of the damage.

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